Thursday, April 27, 2017

Do You Know How Climate Change is Affecting You?

Do You Know How Climate Change is Affecting You?

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Earth Day Organization is on a mission to educate everyone by the year 2020, on climate change and environmental issues and what we can do to help future generations. The rate at which the earth is heating up is increasing at a much faster pace than scientist had predicted. When the earth’s temperature increases from carbon dioxide and other chemical toxins released into our atmosphere and held in by the ozone layer the ocean’s temperature also rises. This is what has lead to the melting of ice in Iceland, Greenland, Antarctica, and glaciers around the world.

Some of you may already know this, but this week all over our great nation and world, Science March supporters, Earth Day advocates and environmentally friendly citizens are still taking action in getting more people involved with the Climate Change Education Movement. This Saturday, April 29th, 2017, there is going to be another march held in Washington. This one is for Climate Change Awareness, climate change deniers and educating them. How does any of this this affect you?

The Midwest has been affected by the climate change for many years now. If action is not taken in the immediate future more damage will be done. Flooding, soil contamination, water contamination, increased allergens, increased hot weather that can lead to heat stroke or death. All of these have occurred in Illinois. The Illinois river is really high right now. Go look and see for yourself.

 Are you concerned with these issues and want to become more involved on being part of the solution? I am looking for individuals ready to ban together in our local communities and show our concern and dedication to helping the environment and protecting future generations. Please join me by contacting let me know if you would be interested in joining a committee to educate our communities on climate change/environmental issues and the affect it has on us locally, speaking at or attending rallies. We can make a difference through local action that helps create a global impact.

 Duckworth How She is Helping 40 Million Water Drinkers

Duckworth How She is Helping 40 Million Water Drinkers

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In the November 2016 election, I voted for Senator Tammy Duckworth and I was proud to do it and will do it again . I love that Tammy has such an inspiring American-dream story. She joined the military, defended our country, was wounded in the war but didn’t stop there. No, she has fought for legislation that supports our Veterans and their health care and treatment. Also, “Duckworth is a member of the Environment & Public Works Committee and the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water and Wildlife, which is tasked with ensuring clean water and helping prevent lead water contamination.”[2]

The Great Lakes border many Midwestern states and are important for drinking water, transportation, commerce, and recreation. Together, these lakes contain 84% of North America's surface freshwater and provide drinking water to more than 40 million people.[1] Duckworth met with many of the EPA’s Region 5 staffers recently in Chicago, to discuss the critical work they do to protect the health and safety of Americans living in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. [2]

The EPA should have more than one office the Region 5 office that is handling the Great Lakes and also many tribal communities. The federal government is making it more difficult to get the funding needed to replace lead/copper pipes, do periodic water testing, keeping the air clean, and also testing our soil for contaminants. Who would do these very important tasks if the local EPA is gone?
“At a time when families across our state are worrying about contaminated drinking water, it would be dangerous and irresponsible for the President to gut the agency that’s charged with protecting the Great Lakes from pollution and keeping our children safe from lead poisoning,” said Senator Duckworth.“Dismantling the EPA would jeopardize the safety of families across Illinois and the entire country.”[2]

Here is a link to an act Tammy was part of : Get the Lead Out Act

Sources: [1] www.US EPA (2012). Great Lakes: Basic Information

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Art Show Open House GHMS 04/26/2017

Art Show Open House GHMS 04/26/2017

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Beautiful art contributed by Zeke Fosdyck.

Tonight April 26th, 2017 at the Germantown Hills Middle School there will be an Open House Art Show. They are inviting you to come and enjoy the beautiful art created by the students. Refreshments will be provided. If you are unable to attend, the art will be displayed and view-able the week of April 24th - 28th during regular school hours.

Elementary (K-2) is from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Middle School (3-8) is from 6:30 to 7:30 pm

See you there!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Jamboree Snapchat Selfie Contest

Jamboree Snapchat Selfie Contest

 Come to the Metamora Herald Open Mic, Potluck, Bag Tourney Jamboree on the Square this Sunday and take a Snapchat selfie with our geofilter. Send us the pic via email, facebook, or twitter and be entered in a drawing for a $25 gift card.

See you then!
Erin's Law Meeting, What you need to know

Erin's Law Meeting, What you need to know

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 April 25th,2017 the Germantown Hills Middle School will have a meeting about Erin's Law. Erin Merryn is a child sexual abuse survivor. She has been working very hard for years to get prevention programs on sexual abuse into every school in every state. So far she has accomplished this in 26 states and won't stop until she has all 50. This is a difficult topic for many parents and teachers/staff to educate children on. It is uncomfortable and ugly, and no one wants to think it can happen to their child and it shouldn't. Unfortunately, it does.

The statics for sexual abuse according to the :

  • In 2012, 8,827 Illinois children received a forensic interview through a Children’s Advocacy Center.
  • 67% of the children referred to CACs for child sexual abuse were 12 and under.
  • With an estimated 39 million survivors of sexual abuse in America 3 million of those are children right now living in our country. That 3 million could fill 46 national football stadiums. 

That is a large number for the USA to have don't you think? I am also shocked at the amount. This is why this program is so important to the future generations of kids in school. It is also very important to speak with your child at home again and again. One time won't help, you have to check in with them and make sure they understand NO ONE is allowed to touch you. Children are often abused by someone they know : family members, teachers, preachers, family friends and other children.

Here is the email I received from GHMS:

On Tuesday, April 25th, Deanna Butler from the Tazewell County Children’s Advocacy Center will be here to speak to parents about how our district meets the requirements of Erin’s Law. This will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the JDS Gym.  Erin’s Law, which was signed into law in Illinois in January 2013, requires that all public schools implement a prevention-oriented child sexual abuse program.  For the last couple years, we have partnered with Mrs. Butler to provide age-appropriate instruction for our students on this topic.  This presentation will be an opportunity for parents to hear what the content of the instruction entails as well as to ask questions.

Thank you!

Dan Mair, Superintendent
Germantown Hills School District 69

It is our responsibility to educate our children about what to do when we are not with them. We should be able to let them go to hangout with friends and family and at school/church functions and know they are safe and know how to take care of themselves. It is hard for a child to say no to an adult, especially one that they know and trust. I know, I know, it is so awful to think about this topic, but turning a blind eye will not help anything.

Evening with NASA

Evening with NASA

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Location: Bethany Community Church's Community Building
27577 Dutch Ln, Washington,
Date: Tuesday, May 16
Time: 6 PM - 8 PM


Come hear from those involved both in the earlier days of the space program and also more recently. Hear about their passion, excitement, bravery, and calling that NASA- that the U.S.- was feeling about the Space Program. Also, hear from those currently working at Johnson Space Center as they share their vision for future missions. Don't miss this opportunity to ask your burning questions! We are working to line up speakers that are Astronauts, Flight Controlers, Flight Directors, Program Managers, etc. So far, speakers include the following:

Mr. Jim Wetherbee- is a former naval officer, aviator, test pilot, aerospace engineer, and NASA astronaut. He is a veteran of six Space Shuttle missions and is the only American to have commanded five spaceflight missions. Also former Deputy Director of Johnson Space Center.

Mr. Tommy Holloway- Holloway began his career with NASA in 1963, planning activities for Gemini and Apollo flights in the Mission Control Center. He was a flight director in Mission Control for early space shuttle flights and became chief of the Flight Director Office in 1985. In 1989, he was named Assistant Director for the Space Shuttle Program for the Mission Operations Directorate. In 1992, he became the Deputy Manager for Program Integration with the Space Shuttle Program; in 1994 he was named Director of the Phase 1 Program. Holloway was named manager of the Space Shuttle Program in August 1995. He became Manger, International Space Station Program, in April 1999. On September 30, 1999, he received the prestigious Robert R. Gilruth Award, given to recognize outstanding managers of operations, engineering and science programs.

Mr. Norman Knight- Chief, Flight Director Office at NASA, Johnson Space Center. He leads NASA’s team of Flight Directors and provides technical and budget accountability for the Flight Director’s Office in Mission Operations. He is responsible for all human spaceflight operations including the International Space Station (ISS), new exploration initiatives, and Commercial Spaceflight coordination. ***Mr. Gary Johnson helped us transition from Apollo era to Shuttle. He was also the premier authority in our interactions and relationship with Russia and their Space Program.
 Mr. Rick Houston is the author of the book "Go Flight: The Unsung Heroes of Mission Control." He conducted interviews with many of the great space explorers.

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